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Newsletter – September, 2018

CCT News

CCT’s Center for Women Celebrates 30 YearsEvelyn Hill, former resident, speaks about her time at CCT and the changes she's made in her life

On September 6th, The Center for Community Transitions (CCT)’s Center for Women celebrated its 30th anniversary of operation and was joined by elected officials and other dignitaries for cake and powerful testimonies from employers and former residents.

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You Helped Children with Incarcerated Parents go Back to School In Style!

CCT held it’s annual Back In Style event on Thursday, August 23rd. The annual back to school event helps children with incarcerated parents prepare for the new school year by providing school supplies, school uniforms, and free haircuts and hair styles.

Shop Amazon and Give Back to CCT

When you shop with Amazon, you can help support CCT at the same time. And, better yet—it won’t cost you a thing! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to CCT.   Start supporting CCT today!

At CCT we rely on generous donors like you to provide the resources we need. Thank you to everyone who donated in the month of August.

Foundations/Corporations
Anonymous Family Foundation
Carolina Industrial Trucks
James L. Ross Scholarship Fund
Mecklenburg  ABC Board
Sally Jordan Family Fund
United Way of Central Carolinas
Wells Fargo Government and Community
Relations

Faith Community
Arlington Baptist Church
Charlotte Friends Meeting
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Elevation Church
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

Individuals
Anonymous
Robert F. Colwell
Betty Hong
Janine Lafferty
Fred Lowrance
Beth Wells


Volunteer Opportunities

For a full list of ongoing volunteer opportunities visit our Volunteer Page.
Event Volunteering

If interested contact Adair Hill at communications@centerforcommunitytransitions.org

Event Photographer: Sunday, September 30, 2018 – 2:45pm – Do you have a gift for photography? Are you looking to build your photography portfolio? We are seeking a volunteer to come take photographs at our Women’s Education Tea on September 30th. The event is to raise funds for our Women’s Education Fund which provides financial assistance to incarcerated women pursuing higher education.


Upcoming Events

Benefit Tea for the Center for Women Education Fund

September 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Center for Women – 5825 Old Concord Rd. Charlotte, NC
Free – But be prepared to make a donation!
Please RSVP to communications@centerforcommunitytransitions.org or 704-389-0319

Each year, some incarcerated women living at the Center for Women choose to advance their education and CCT strives to cover the costs of classes, books, and materials. Join us for tea and sweets and hear from Center for Women alumnae about their educational experiences.

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Employer Appreciation Breakfast

January 29, 2019 @ 7:30 am
Sandwich Sam, 1601 South Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28203
Free

Employment is one of the most important elements in successful reentry, and our clients could not find gainful employment without employers who are aware of the benefits of hiring people with criminal records and willing to do so. With this event, we say “thank you” to those employers, and welcome new employers interested in learning about hiring people with criminal records.

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Newsletter – March 2018

CCT News

We hope you’ll join us at our first ever “Friend-Raiser” March 22nd

Join us March 22nd from 5-7pm for an upscale casual “Friend-Raiser” at Advent Coworking Space and enjoy appetizers, beer and wine, and great company while helping CCT.

The purpose of this friend-raiser is to garner community support and raise awareness about the needs of people reentering the Charlotte community from jail or prison, and the needs of Charlotte children experiencing parental incarceration.

This evening will feature a special guest performance by Playing For Others teens of their spoken word piece, “Build People, Not Prisons” and the premier of CCT’s newest video, developed by Basic Cable. You’ll also enjoy live music, appetizers from Ink N Ivy, beer and wine.

Tickets are $25.Tickets include admission, appetizers, desserts, and drinks. We encourage you not only to attend, but bring a friend or two that you can introduce to CCT.

All proceeds from the event will benefit CCT’s three core programs serving Charlotteans impacted by incarceration.

Join us to mingle, learn, and build people, not prisons.

MARCH 22, 2018 @ 5:00PM — 7:00PM

Purchase your tickets here.
This Event Is Proudly Sponsored By:

Carolina Industrial Trucks

Freedom Mobility Center

SUM Bucha

CCT Honored with Song and Video at HeARTbeat

Last week, Playing For Others put on their largest performance of the year at McGlohon Theater in Sprit Square and honored CCT in the process. Playing for others is an arts-based organization that works with youth in Charlotte. Each year they choose 10 nonprofits to honor with art and performance pieces during the HeARTbeat event. This year, CCT was one of the 10 nonprofit honorees. A video was created and a song was written and performed in our honor and closed out the show. We are extremely touched by the efforts the teens put into our pieces and the tremendous reaction from the audience! We were able to bring about 30 clients and staff including some of our Families Doing Time youth who may one day participate in Playing for Others themselves! It was a wonderful experience.

A New Partnership with No Grease Barbershop

We are excited to announce a new partnership formed with No Grease Barbershop. No Grease will now offer free haircuts to our clients to help prepare them for job interviews! Clients will be given special vouchers for the free cuts and No Grease’s two Charlotte-area barber schools. Any clients in need of a free haircut may contact LifeWorks! for vouchers and instructions!

VolunBEERing at NoDa Brewing

Taste while you volunteer! CCT and other nonprofits will be at NoDa Brewing on Saturday, April 21st from 12pm-3pm for a special National Volunteer Week event. Come on out and taste a variety of brews while lending a hand at “table-top” volunteer projects! Fun for kids, friends and families! Learn more and check out other upcoming CCT events including “You Drink, NoDa Brewing Donates” and Spring Fling on our Events Calendar.

 

At CCT we rely on generous donors like you to provide the resources we need. Thank you to everyone who donated in the month of February.
Audra Atkinson
Ted Cabot
Myra Clark
Betty Hong
Janine Lafferty
Dumont and Shirley Linn
Thomas and Cynthia Marshall
Matthew Martell
Wendy Mills
Marie Morrison
Deborah Nemecek
Pamela Nemecek
Mary Stokes
Sponsors
Arlington Baptist Church
Carolina Industrial Trucks
Charlotte Woman’s Club
Christ Church Charlotte ECW
Mecklenburg County ABC Board
Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte
St. Gabriel Catholic Church
Sum Bucha LLC
United Way of the Central Carolinas
Valley of the Sun United Way
Veeva Systems
Warehouse 242

Opportunities to Give

The AmazonSmile triple donation promotion starts today!

If you’re an Amazon Prime member you can easily set up your account to donate a portion of your purchases to CCT. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to CCT.

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3x your impact! Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase – NOW through March 31! Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/51-0185383 and Amazon donates to Center for Community Transitions!

Volunteer Opportunities

For a full list of volunteer opportunities visit our Volunteer Page.
LifeWorks!

If interested contact Erik Ortega at eortega@centerforcommunitytransitions.org

Mock Interviews: Every Other Monday@ 10:45 AM & Thursday 10:45 AM (Schedule may vary with holidays) – Assist staff with conducting mock job interviews with clients participating in our employment readiness classes. Questions and evaluation tool will be provided and individual feedback from the experience is welcomed.

 

Events

 Build People, Not Prisons

March 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
$25

The purpose of this friend-raiser is to garner community support and raise awareness about the needs of people reentering the Charlotte community from jail or prison, and the needs of Charlotte children experiencing parental incarceration. This evening will feature a special guest performance by Playing For Others teens of their spoken word piece, “Build People, Not Prisons” and the premier of CCT’s newest video, developed by Basic Cable. You’ll also enjoy live music, appetizers from Ink N Ivy, beer and wine. Early bird tickets may be…

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VolunBEERing at NoDa Brewing

April 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
NoDa Brewing, 2921 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28206 United States + Google Map
Free

SHARE Charlotte is concluding DO GOOD Week (National Volunteer Week) with a volunteering event at NoDa Brewing, and CCT is one of the participating nonprofits! The event will be Saturday, April 21 from 12-3pm. Stop by and enjoy some sips from one of Charlotte’s best breweries while shuffling around to the various nonprofit booths, including CCT, for hands-on, table top activities. Fun for kids, friends and families! More information with a link to the event is coming soon. Stay tuned…

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You Drink, NoDa Brewing Donates

April 23 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
NoDa Brewing, 2921 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28206 United States + Google Map
Free

April is National Second Chance Month! Second Chance Month is a time to recognize the reality people released from jails and prisons face when they try to reenter our communities: difficulty finding housing, work, transportation, and more. This April we have a fun way you can help! Come on out to NoDa Brewing on April 23rd from 4pm-9pm and order a draft beer. For every draft beer sold, NoDa Brewing will donate $1 to CCT! CCT is a nonprofit in…

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SAVE THE DATE – SPRING FLING 2018

May 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
TBD
FREE

Save the Date and join us for our 6th annual volunteer appreciation event – Spring Fling 2018! Check back for more details!

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CCT Client Profiled in Charlotte Five!

Photo by: Katie Toussaint

Online news and culture publication, Charlotte Five, did a profile of LifeWorks! client, Tyrone Miller. In the piece, Tyrone shares his outlook on life after prison and his journey to try to find employment.

Twenty-seven-year-old Tyrone Miller was released from prison just over a month ago. He spent nearly eight years behind bars in a North Carolina correctional facility for assault with a deadly weapon.

He shares this information with no hesitation as he leans back, relaxed, in a desk chair at The Center for Community Transitions (CCT) at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus off of Wilkinson Boulevard. CCT offers Lifeworks! programs to address the personal and professional needs of those with criminal records.

Miller offers an easy, bright smile. His black hair is kept in neat cornrows, almond-colored glasses round out his face and two sparkling studs flash on his ears. He wears a black button-down, charcoal slacks and black shoes.

It’s the perfect interview look.

<Read the full article here>

CCT Honored by Playing for Others

CCT is one of ten nonprofits being honored by the Playing for Others (PFO) class of ’17-18 this year. PFO is an organization in Charlotte that provides a space for teens to explore and answer the questions, “Who Am I?” and “How will I give of that?” through programming in Personal Development, Service, and the Arts. Each year they choose ten local nonprofits for their teen artists to honor through spoken-word, video, music, dance, and more. In the fall, the teens performed their spoken word pieces, and the piece done for CCT, “Build People, Not Prisons”, brought the house down! On March 2nd, PFO will hold a huge culminating event called HeART Beat at McGlohan Theater.

Today we met with PFO and the other nonprofit honorees to learn more about the event, and find out what sort of piece the teens will be doing in our honor. We were excited to learn that CCT will be honored with some type of MUSICAL piece!!! We hope you will join us on March 2nd for this truly exciting event. Some of our staff attended last year and the performances were professional level productions and extremely touching.

We’re also excited that some of the PFO teens will be making a special appearance at our first ever “Build People, Not Prisons Friend-Raiser” on March 22nd, where they will do an encore performance of their spoken-word piece from the fall. We hope to see you all there as well!